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Akaka gets presidential 'shout-out' at Tribal Nations Conference

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:07 a.m. HST, Dec 06, 2012

Hawaii-born President Barack Obama recognized retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka Wednesday during the president's remarks at the Tribal Nations Conference in Washington D.C.

"I want to give a special shout-out to Sen. Danny Akaka, who has been such a tireless advocate for Native Americans throughout his career. You know that Danny is going to be retiring this year, and he's such a great friend," the president said, adding, "And as a Hawaiian boy, I've got to give him a little special props.

The event was held at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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kainalu wrote:
... and that's why Obama carried Hawaii - his largest margin of victory in this state - for those that are about to jump in here and bash him with sour grapes.
on December 5,2012 | 02:32PM
SteveToo wrote:
Shows ya how dumb people are for voting for someone cause he was born here. Trouble is the man's in over his head and taking the country down with him.
on December 5,2012 | 04:23PM
Manoa2 wrote:
Obama has taken our economy out of a deep, deep hole dug by George Bush and legislation Bush sponsored that have greatly increase our deficit-- cutting taxes to boost production (how did that work), increasing the debt with record spending from HIS programs like expanding Medicare and Medicaid with no new revenue and continuing wars with no end in sight and not strategic end game. Obama is fixing all of these things stock market on the rise since Bush left office, still rising, and wars being ended.
on December 6,2012 | 06:54AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
It's just amazing that Akaka was able to milk the racist KAKA Bill for all these years.
on December 5,2012 | 02:37PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
"And as a Hawaiian boy, I've got to give him a little special props.

Obama is an Hawaiian boy? Wow. Who knew this? Does he have a Kau Inoa tee shirt too?

on December 5,2012 | 02:42PM
Manoa2 wrote:
In Hawaii, we use the term to refer to both native Hawaiians and those born or living in Hawaii. Recently another term-- Kanaka Maole is used to describe native Hawaiians. An older term used for those born in Hawaii, but NOT native Hawaiian, used to be Kamaaina-- but that is fading in terms of the term Hawaiian and either Native Hawaiian or Kanaka Maole.
on December 6,2012 | 06:59AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
You're joking, right? In Hawaii we most certainly do not use "Hawaiian" to refer to both native Hawaiians and those born or living in Hawaii. Ask Bob Marx about being Hawaiian in heart.
on December 6,2012 | 08:13AM
false wrote:
Senator Akaka's long list of accomplishments include... and.... hmm .... well ... then there is... .there is always.... and many many .........
on December 5,2012 | 08:45PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Mazie's role model.
on December 5,2012 | 08:53PM
allie wrote:
well...true...but he is a nice man
on December 6,2012 | 06:52AM
TMJ wrote:
Wow, a "shout out" and "props". How presidential...
on December 6,2012 | 05:47AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
And calling himself a "Hawaiian boy" shows a real grasp of local sensibilities. Even for a Punahou grad that is a bit insensitive.
on December 6,2012 | 08:15AM
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